Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that explores the fusion between man and machine. A key element is the perfection of the Internet and virtual reality technology. In a cyberpunk novel (or movie), characters can experience and interact with computers in a 3D graphic environment so real that it feels like a physical landscape. The society in which cyberpunk is set tends to be heavily urban, and usually somewhat anarchic or feudal.
Although the term was first coined by Bruce Bethke. The "father of cyberpunk" is William Gibson, author of the seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. Other authors defining this ever-evolving virtual reality include Neal Stephenson and Rudy Rucker.
Examples in fiction
Film and TV
- Ghost in the Shell - Mostly the original movie.
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